In continuation of yesterday, I decided to face my work issues head on by getting some more information on my options right now. At my last Capability Hearing it was made clear that my employers didn’t want to keep my position open much longer and felt that, even if I suddenly improved thanks to medication changes, I would still be a long way from returning to work – needing physio, occupatonal therapy etc.
They suggested I look into retiring through ill health at one of the lower tiers, meaning there was a possibility of being fit for work again within the next three years; you can even be reassessed at 18 months. However, I spoke to a legal advisor today, who informed me that this might not be a wise move if it means longterm reduction in my pension payments. It may actually be better to go through all these disciplinary procedures, as daunting and stressful as they are.
I feel like I’m back to square one.
Incidentally, whilst looking into all this, a letter came through the post inviting me for a medical assessment with the Occupational Health department – this time though, it’s a different place and a different doctor. Maybe a sign that work are putting into place the retirement through ill health option; an appointment for my next hearing will be in the post shortly too I guess.
I do feel a little less stressed by actually facing these issuse though at least.
Now I’m off for my first trip to the cinema in quite a while, to see the new Sherlock Holmes film. I haven’t been able to go these past few months, because I’m not too good at sitting, what with all the joints stiffened up in the wrong position. Thanks to the cortisone shots I should be okay tonight though I hope 🙂
Elementary my dear reader,